It’s easy to find yourself sinking – about to drown in the crashing waves of challenges and struggles and fears. And that sinking feeling most always evokes panic.
We all know that rocks don’t float. But one time there was a stone that walked on water.
His name was Peter (which, in it’s Greek roots, is a stone). And he takes a lot of flack for a situation into which most of us don’t have the faith fo put ourselves.
It was a rough night on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had sent his disciples on across the Sea and told them He would catch up. As they were rowing hard in the rough waters, they saw Jesus walking toward them on the water. They were understandably freaked out and thought it had to be a ghost.
Once Jesus had identified Himself, Peter made a bold request as he asked Jesus to let him walk out to meet Him on the water. Jesus simply said, “Come.” And there he went – stepping out of the boat to walk on the water toward Jesus. He was focused on Jesus and – for just a little bit – he was doing what no one else but Jesus has ever done.
In that brief moment, there was an absolute peace in Peter’s heart as God fulfilled His promise to keep in perfect peace one whose mind was stayed on Him. But, as he walked across the water, something happened.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Matthew 14:30
He was walking on the water until he saw the wind. He was suddently distracted. As long as his eyes – his mind, his attention – were on Jesus, he walked on water. As soon as he lost his focus, he did what a stone will do in water. He sank.
You and I have the same propensity. When we put our trust in Jesus, we began our journey of faith. But, the moment we allow ourselves to be distracted by the chaos around us, we begin to sink.
The promise of God is true.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
Peter learned it experientially. I have too. When my mind is stayed upon Jesus, I have peace. When I get distracted by my circumstances, I start to sink in the chaos.
So, where are you today? Are you walking in peace or are you sinking?